Charting Student Physical Locations in the Virtual World

Charting Student Physical Locations in the Virtual World

Terence Cavanaugh (University of North Florida, USA) and Elinor A. Scheirer (University of North Florida, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-111-9.ch011
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Distance-learning courses are primarily designed for Internet-based asynchronous delivery of instruction. This case describes the use of Web 2.0 GIS technologies to create a graphic representation of student locations on an interactive map. This class map then became a multi-purpose resource for online class members and the instructor: to locate and highlight students’ distances from the instructor and among themselves; to remind the instructor to be sensitive to possible effects of locations on students due to environmental factors such as weather conditions; to help the instructor tailor proximity-based resources or course requirements for students; to help the instructor connect distance-learning students with each other geographically for group projects based on their locations; and to facilitate the efforts of students and the instructor in identifying locally available resources relevant to their coursework.

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